Today’s picture is from Dropscone. This is his cherry tree.
Dropscone has not been discouraged by the savage attack on his bicycle and he presented himself punctually for the morning cycle ride. Because of the rather expensive sounding noises coming from my speedy bike, I got out the slow bike in the vain hope of a really gentle pedal. This hope was dashed by the strong wind that blew into our faces on the second half of the route. My asthma was also not at its best for some reason and even Dropscone’s excellent girdle scones and a cup or two of coffee couldn’t cheer me up a lot which is most unusual.
The sparrows were out in force again.
I was interested to see when I looked at the pictures on my computer, that here was another sparrow pecking at the lard balls with the wire inside its beak. It seems very odd to me.
Mrs Tootlepedal drew my attention to these tulips..
The blackbirds in the garden were fighting running, or rather flying, battles all over the place.
I finally managed to get the camera settings nearly right to take a picture of these vivid yellow wallflowers.
The breathing didn’t get any better during the day so I spent it quietly doing little tasks here and there and then sitting down. In between rests I managed to sieve a bit of last year’s compost and it looks very good when it is added to the vegetable beds. Then I puffed up and down with the mower on the lawn that I had put the moss killer on and things look quite promising there. I won’t know whether the moss killing has been thoroughly successful until I have scarified it in about a fortnight. The other lawn, which gets very little sunlight in the winter (I have asked our neighbour Liz to move her house but she won’t), has got too much moss to risk killing it until the grass is stronger so I gave it a weed and feed pro tem.
After lunch, I went for a wander with the camera along the path I used to walk on in the frozen winter. I took a picture of the castle then…
…here it is today..
I caught a glimpse of a bird swooping across the cricket pitch.
It was an oyster catcher coming to inspect the wicket with its friend.
There are no prizes for asking which one is the Dickie Bird.
There was an exciting moment when I witnessed the final moments of the great sheep race.
This is a view over the cricket pitch with Meikleholm Hill in the background.
The lodge walks were looking very green too.
When I got to the Kilngreen, I had to have a little sit down and while I was resting, I couldn’t resist having one seagull shot.
On my way home, I was struck by a burst of colour in the Clinthead Gardens which are looked after by the scout group.
..and another when I crossed the Langholm bridge..
We were very pleased to get a gift of some cycling leaflets which Ruth McKimmie had thoughtfully picked up on her travels and delivered to our door. We have unknowingly already done two of the suggested Solway Coast routes but we will certainly do three of the others so that was a very useful gift. We were so excited by looking at the leaflet for the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway, a 130 mile tour of some very scenic countryside, that Mrs Tootlepedal asked me to send off for the map of. I have done so. I hope that the weather and events mean that we get to actually use the map and not just look at it with envy.
In the evening, my flute pupil Luke came and it was very pleasing to find out that he had been doing some good practising which had produced excellent progress. It’s a long business getting to grips with the flute but he has made a good start.